Gold Coast Pride Festival
Get ready Gold Coast, the city’s about to host a bunch of fabulous events celebrating LGBTIQA+ people up and down the coast!
From May 23-30 the city will come alive with a range of events for young and old as part of the first ever Gold Coast Pride Week. The Gold Coast is home to many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people – but until now there have been few opportunities for the community to gather, says Pride Director Vince Siciliani.
Gold Coast Pride Week 2021 will include a genderfluid picnic, a White Party on a yacht, various social events, a Pride Walk on the beach and the first ever Miss Gold Coast Drag Queen Pageant at the Pride Beach Party.
The Genderfluid Picnic will kick off the week on the first Sunday, with a picnic, guided creek walk, activities and snacks provided. Taking place in beautiful Coombabah, the Picnic will offer an opportunity for gender-questioning and gender-diverse people to gather in a low-key social setting beside one of the Gold Coast’s most beloved wetlands. The event is a collaboration with Carers Queelsnad and Seaweed Society and is an all-inclusive, all-ages event.
Other activities over the course of the week include Paint ‘N Sip sessions in Burleigh, where adults can enjoy a wine or two while painting to the beat of fabulous house tunes and sparkling entertainment. A Movie World day and Dracula’s dinner for the LGBTIQA+ community are also planned, and a glamorous all-white party on a yacht at Marina Mirage will also be taking place.
The final weekend of the Pride Festival will feature two unforgettable events: A Pride Walk on the beach and a Pride Beach Party featuring DJs and the Gold Coast’s first ever Drag Queen Pageant, to conclude the festival in style. The Drag Queen pageant will see a bevy of glamorous gals battle it out for the crown of “Miss Gold Coast”, hosted by renowned local drag darling, Miss Carmen Taykett.
Gold Coast Pride Director, Vince Siciliani says “The Festival is an opportunity to do some- thing good for our community after a difficult year, and we encourage people both from the LGBTIQA community and the broader community to take part in the events on offer”.
“We’re really proud to be bringing this event to the people of the Gold Coast, so they can witness and enjoy the talents of the vibrant and diverse community we have here,“ Director Danni Zuvela adds.
Both Directors are especially proud of the way the 2021 Gold Coast Pride Festival shows off the unique natural landscape of the Gold Coast, from the Pride Walk on the golden beaches to the picnic in a park. “We hope that the image of drag queens on the beach is as iconic and Gold Coast for everyone as it is for us”, says Siciliani.
For more information, go to: www.gcrainbowcommunities/pride-festival